Going Green with Exposed Plumens

Plumen 001 has been shooting around the internet today (i.e., Good, Morin, Re-Nest).  The designer CFL saves 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a regular incandescent.  It’s an 11-watt bulb that outputs 680 lumens with a color temperature of 2700k.  But it’s not available in the US until next year, and Plumen 002 is in the works.  In any event, Plumen seems perfect for the exposed lighting situation pictured here.

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Register for Opportunity Green 2010!

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As a community committed to thought leadership and the pursuit of it, I want to take a short moment to mention Opportunity Green 2010, the world's leading cross-industry, sustainable business conference.  Ranked as the #1 Green Conference by Google, Opportunity Green is at the nexus of the connections and collaborations that are vital to propelling new business models in a green economy.

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Versatile Recycled Content EcoGlass

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Earlier this year, specialty glass maker Bendheim introduced a new line of textured architectural glass made with 25-40% post-consumer recycled content material.  EcoGlass, as it is called, is made in Europe by Glasfabrik Lamberts in an oxygen and fuel-fired cast glass furnace.  The product also contains a minimum of 20% pre-consumer recycled content.

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Five Easy Solar Options for the Home

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Perhaps you've seen one of a few micro-inverter-type solar products on the market and wondered whether you could install a solar system at home.  Unless you're an electrician, that may or may not be a good idea, but these products (some available now and others coming to market) make it a whole lot easier to get started generating solar energy at home.  Check these five:

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Colorful Mixed-Use Eco Lofts in Austin

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This is East Village Lofts in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street in Austin, Texas.  The structure, designed by Bercy Chen Studio, makes a bold statement about the intersection of art and sustainability with a multifaceted facade of colorful steel panels.   The panels, as you would imagine, double as a shade device and guardrails for condo balconies.

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GE Nucleus: Home Energy Manager

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Earlier this summer, GE launched the first product in its Brillion suite of home energy management solutions, the Nucleus.  This is a data storage device that collects household electricity cost and use data and gives it to homeowners via computer and smart phones.  Nucleus is expected to be available for consumer purchase in early 2011 for the price of $149-199. 

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